Elizabeth Bear (call her "Bear," everybody else does) was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins but in a different year. This, coupled with a childhood tendency to read the dictionary for fun, led her inevitably to penury, intransigence, the mispronunciation of common English words, and the writing of speculative fiction. She won the Campbell Award in 2005 on the basis of her early short fiction, essentially all of which is collected in The Chains that You Refuse (Nightshade, 2006).

Novels followed, most of them in series. The Jenny Casey trilogy, Hammered, Scardown, and Worldwired (all Bantam Spectra, 2005), collectively won the Locus first novel award. A standalone, Carnival (Bantam Spectra, 2006), was the Philip K. Dick runner-up and a Locus, Lambda, and Gaylactic Spectrum finalist. The Promethean Age series includes Blood and Iron (ROC, 2006), Whiskey and Water (ROC, 2007; Gaylactic Spectrum finalist), and The Stratford Man (ROC, 2008, in 2 volumes, Ink and Steel and Hell and Earth; Galylactic Spectrum winner), and One-Eyed Jack (Prime, 2013). The New Amsterdam series from Subterranean Press includes a novel, New Amsterdam (2007; Gaylactic Spectrum finalist), and a trio of novellas: Seven for a Secret (2009; Gaylactic Spectrum finalist), The White City (2011), and Ad Eternum (2012). An as yet-untitled collection will appear next year.

Her second standalone, Undertow (Bantam Spectra, 2007), was a PKD finalist. The Jacob's Ladder Trilogy from Spectra comprises Dust (2007; Gaylactic Spectrum finalist), Chill (2010; Philip K. Dick finalist), and Grail (2011). The Edda of Burdens series from Tor includes All the Windwracked Stars (2008; Gaylactic Spectrum finalist), prequel By the Mountain Bound (2009; Gaylactic Spectrum finalist), and sequel The Sea Thy Mistress (2011). The Eternal Sky series includes the World Fantasy and Locus finalist novella Bone and Jewel Creatures (Subterranean, 2010), Range of Ghosts (just out from Tor), Book of Iron (novella, forthcoming from Subterranean in November), Shattered Pillars (Tor, 2013), and Steles of the Sky (Tor, 2014). Her collaboration with Sarah Monette, The Iskryne series, includes A Companion to Wolves (2007; Lambda finalist), The Tempering of Men (2011), and An Apprentice to Elves (coming in 2013), all from Tor.

The table of contents for her forthcoming second collection, Shoggoths in Bloom (Prime, in November), hasn't been finalized, but it should include the 2007 Hugo, Sturgeon, and Asimov's Readers Poll winning and Locus finalist short story "Tideline," 2006 British SF finalist "Sounding," 2007 WSFA Small Press finalist "Orm the Beautiful," 2008 Locus short story finalist "Boojum" (with Sarah Monette), "Ile of Dogges" (with Monette) from the 24th The Year's Best Science Fiction (ed. Dozois, St. Martin's Press, 2007), "The Horrid Glory of Its Wings" from The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2010 Edition (ed. Guran, Prime Books, 2010), "Dolly" from the 29th Dozois Year's Best, and the 2008 Hugo winner and Locus finalist novelette for which the collectin is named.

Bear is a regular instructor at the Viable Paradise writing workshop on Martha's Vineyard and has also taught at Clarion and Clarion West. She grew up in New England and lived in Las Vegas for seven years. She now resides in central Massachusetts, where she shares half of an eleventy-two-year-old house with a giant ridiculous dog. She has no plans to leave the Northeast ever again, except on brief exploratory excursions—and regular visits to western Wisconsin, the domicile of her partner, notorious (and brilliant) fantasist, Scott Lynch.